The Rocketeer (1991)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A Disney’s family entertainer. A stunt pilot got in the middle of the FBI, Gangsters, Howard Hughes, and Nazis.
2) Timothy Dalton as the suave Hollywood movie star who is actually a Nazi agent.
3) Good supporting cast.
4) Incredible Art Deco-style poster.

 

CONS –
1) Billy Campbell as the title character. He got no screen presence. Some other 90s actors like Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, etc would have done better justice to the role.

 

QUOTE –
Cliff Secord: Where’s your stuntman now, Sinclair?
Neville Sinclair: I do my own stunts!

Spenser Confidential (2020)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) One time watch Sunday afternoon action movie with a possibility of a sequel.
2) The team of Spenser-Hawk is like a modern version Sherlock-Watson duo on steroid.

 
CONS –
1) A half-baked effort from Peter Berg.
2) Alan Arkin wasted.

 
QUOTE –
The FBI does not solve crime, they manage them. They play some big abstract game, trying to trade-up for some vague masterplan, a big fish, which they never do.

Wait Until Dark (1967)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A Hitchcockian movie not directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It has all the elements of a stage play as seen in Dial M for Murder (1954), Rope (1948), and Rear Window (1954).
2) A blind woman turning the tables against her adversary by embracing her greatest shortcoming. Watching Audrey Hepburn playing the damsel in distress was a delight.
3) The cinematography without lights put the audiences right in the middle of the action.
4) Alan Arkin (with “Geraldine“) as a cold-blooded hitman giving Anton Chigurh a run for his money.
5) Presence of Julie Herrod as Gloria, the adventure-loving audacious girl next door gave a very Nancy Drew touch to the story.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Susy Hendrix: As soon as your safe, I’ll call the police.
Gloria: Okay. Gee, I wish something like this would happen every day…

Catch-22 (1970)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The huge production value for an almost unadaptable novel from Joseph Heller. It’s the Apocalypse Now (1979) of black-comedy.
2) Great ensemble of actors including Alan Arkin, Jon Voight, Anthony Perkins, Martin Balsam, and a cameo from the legend Orson Welles.
3) The wise old man in whorehouse.
4) Exceptional cinematography and editing.
5) Milo Minderbinder: the embodiment of capitalism mashed with Nazi ideology.
6) Bob Newhart as the reluctant bumbling Major Major 

 

CONS –
1) Needed a better screenplay to keep the audiences hooked.

 

QUOTE –
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: What’s good for M & M Enterprises will be good for the country.

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Laurence Olivier as Professor Moriarty – straight out of Sidney Paget illustration.
2) Putting Sigmund Freud in a Sherlock Holmes adventure

 

Cons –
1) Robert Duvall as Dr. Watson: Great actor in a wrong role
2) Mediocre story with a mediocre villain. Professor Moriarty was only a side-show.

 

Quote –
Sherlock Holmes : Eliminate the impossible,my dear Doctor,
and whatever remains,however improbable,must be the truth.

 

The Change-Up (2011)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A different fantasy concept – pathetic execution though

 

Cons –

 

1) Forgettable one-time watch
2) Alan Arkin – Waste of talent

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Mitch Planko: So I can’t sleep with my wife, I can’t sleep with other women. What the hell is that?
Dave: Marriage.